“Synodality is … the way towards a Church … in a permanent state of a mission. The whole People of God is an agent of the proclamation of the Gospel. Every baptized person is called to be a protagonist of mission since we are all missionary disciples.”
So explains Cardinal Mario Grech, adviser to the Irish Bishops Conference for the ‘Synodal Path’ announced for the Irish Church on March 10th, 2021.
Already, in September 2019, the Association of Catholics in Ireland had presented to the Irish Bishops Conference proposals for the activation of the missionary role of the laity – through heightened recognition of the common priesthood of the people of God and activation of the structures for lay communication and expression promised by Vatican II in Lumen Gentium 37 . We have been assured that these submissions will be included in the documentation to be studied in the synodal pathway process.
So far also in 2021 ACI has organised three online discussions, via Zoom, on the theme of Synodality:
Australia’s ‘Plenary Council’ – David Timbs outlined the background to an Australian Church Assembly scheduled for 2021, and his hopes and fears for that. [May 20th, 2021]
Synodality a Challenge to Canon Law – Fr Brendan Hoban described the listening process in Killala Diocese begun in 2019 – and now set decisively on a path towards a consensual and family-focused model of parish governance. [June 24th, 2021]
Synodality a Call to Everyone – Professor Tom O’Loughlin explained the time-limited separation of the People of God into clergy, religious and laity that accompanied and followed the adoption of Christianity by the Roman Empire in the fourth century. Synodality involves a recognition of the need for a changed missionary relationship of mutual support and understanding in a completely new era. [July 22nd, 2021]
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